In ancient Athens, only the 300 wealthiest citizens had to pay tax; this was considered a high honour, and taxpayers competed to provide the greatest public good.
Donald Trump proposed a one-time tax on the wealthiest 1% to eliminate the national debt.
In 1987 the IRS required tax payers to list the SSNs of child they claimed as a dependent. As a result 7 million children vanished from tax returns.
There is a 100% tax on gasoline in Denmark.
The individual U.S. federal income tax rate in the early 1960s for the highest incomes was 91%.
Witchcraft is so accepted in Romania that in 2011 the government tried to tax witches to help pull the country out of recession.
Everyone in Iceland pays church tax, and the payment of those unaffiliated with a church goes to the University of Iceland.
Norwegians pay half tax in November, so everyone has more money for Christmas.
In the 18th century, to discreetly tax rich people more, Scotland, England and France imposed window taxes based on the number of windows your residence had. To this day you can see many bricked over windows from that time.